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Belarus: Russia supports Lukashenko with a new $ 1 million loan

Last Sunday, the authorities were forced to leave Belarus A Ryanair airliner is about to land in the capital, Minsk. Anti-government blogger Roman Protasiewicz and his Russian girlfriend, Sophia Sabega, sat on the plane, both of whom were imprisoned.

Let it be the fate of Sabega Russia “It doesn’t matter,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. At the same time, he confirmed that the 23-year-old is a Russian citizen, but has a residence permit in Belarus.

The alleged hijacking of the plane by Minsk and the imprisonment of two young opposition activists led to diplomatic turmoil and exacerbated the relationship with the long-standing ruler. Alexander Lukashenko To the west very much. The European Union has decided to impose sanctions, and the United States also wants to impose punitive measures against nine state-owned companies in Belarus in the coming weeks.

In consultation with the European Union and other partners, targeted sanctions will also be prepared against “key figures in the system”. The European Union has also promised Belarus a 3 billion euro support package – in case Belarus embarks on a “democratic transition”.

$ 500 million to Lukashenko

In a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin In Sochi by the Black Sea, Lukashenko complained on Friday of pressure from the West. Good explanation Moscow, Belarus will be supported with a loan of 500 million USD in the coming weeks.

Interfax news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that it was agreed at the meeting in Sochi that the money would be paid by the end of June. This is the second tranche of a loan decided last Sunday before the forced landing of a passenger plane in Minsk, which has come under heavy criticism at the international level.

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Pisco said that Putin and Lukashenko mainly discussed issues of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in their meeting. Belarus has been hit hard and is already in chalk with Moscow in the billions.